NURSING HOME ABUSE
OVERVIEW OF NURSING HOME ABUSE
Abuse and neglect happen more often in nursing homes than many people would like to believe. In the U.S., over 34 million people over the age of 65 need some form of assisted living, whether it be a nursing home, assisted living facility, or another elderly facility. Approximately one million senior citizens are abused in some manner every year. There has been an increase in awareness about elderly and dependent adults as they may be subject to risks of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.
Elder law protects individuals from nursing home abuse and elder abuse. Victims can obtain an elder or nursing home abuse lawyer for counsel. Regulations require that nursing homes develop a care plan and employ sufficient staffing to implement said care plan. Nursing home residents have patient rights and certain protections under the law. Nursing homes must provide adequate services and activities to each resident's physical and mental well-being by the care plan.
Attracting and retaining quality employees can be difficult for various reasons—for example, low wages and a lack of qualified applicants. When nursing homes are understaffed, workers can become stressed. To prevent nursing home abuse, nursing homes need to make every effort to attract qualified applicants. One way is initial and ongoing training—another, offering higher wages and improved benefits. Adequately trained and adequately compensated employees are more likely to take pride in their work and prevent abuse.
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Elderly patients in nursing homes are among the most vulnerable members of our society. By law, nursing homes must provide care that ensures each resident's physical and mental well-being. When a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you need an experienced personal injury attorney that will work hard to protect your loved one’s legal rights.